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The Math of Gamification

DavidClarkeHR Re:How about we just gameify gamification? (36 comments)

How about we just gameify gamification? Then we can quit talking about it, and trying to sell the idea to VCs who, like the rest of us, don't think it's going to work to solve interesting problems, and if it does, well, the people playing the gamefication game will self-solve the problem for us, won't they?

Gamefication is spicy behaviouralism, applied to life in the same way it has always been applied to life ... with new labels.

Well, not QUITE the same.

1 year,23 days

Reverse Engineering a Bank's Security Token

DavidClarkeHR Re:Do I care? (55 comments)

$50 is the legal upper limit for consumer liability in the USA.

Contrary to popular opinion, there is intelligent life outside of the USA. For example: many of the credit card companies operating in canada offer $0, 0% liability.

1 year,24 days

Augmented-Reality Contact Lens Prototype Coming To CES

DavidClarkeHR Skynet, here we come! (38 comments)

Sure, we're a few years late (I blame John Connor), but skynet is coming together, piece by piece.

We've already got the NSA, now we're getting terminator vision ... once google maps switches allegiance (and changes their name to cyberdyne), we'll know we're almost there.

1 year,24 days

Reverse Engineering a Bank's Security Token

DavidClarkeHR Do I care? (55 comments)

I'm not particularly concerned, so long as I'm not on the hook for any lost funds. It would be nice to know that our banking institutions were competent, but I'm happy so long as dispute resolutions aren't arduous.

Speaking of which, I've disputed charges on my credit card twice, and my credit card provider has made it quite painless. If my bank was that forgiving, I'd probably use my chequing account more than my credit account.

1 year,24 days

Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers

DavidClarkeHR Re:Wow... (75 comments)

...I saw this on ABC News a few hours ago. Their headline, "Sharks send tweets..." was just as inaccurate as this one. The sharks do nothing buy go about their routine. The system monitoring them sends tweets. The system monitoring them doesn't monitor all sharks, it monitors tagged sharks, so the system cannot be relied upon to notify of all sharks, it can only notify for known sharks whose tags still function. It's not a bad system, but it's not a sure-fire system either.

Right. It's not sharks with lasers on their heads - but they're still cyborg sharks. Just because the EM radiation doesn't occur in the visible spectrum doesn't mean they can't be dangerous. Or cool.

1 year,25 days

"Jumping Genes" Linked To Schizophrenia

DavidClarkeHR Re:Retroposons (77 comments)

Jumping genes are better known as retroposons. Shame on Science for not explaining this.

Also, folks who suffer from schizophrenia actually have very low levels of latent inhibition. This makes them faster to respond to all stimuli, not just novel stimuli.

Shame of slashdot for not reporting this, either. They really should just give us EVERYTHING when talking about science, ALL at once.

1 year,26 days

Brain Function "Boosted For Days After Reading a Novel"

DavidClarkeHR Cumulative? (110 comments)

The big question - is this cumulative? I want to improve my IQ, so I'll read 3-4 books this week ... but wait a minute, this sounds like school.

Also, this study was done on students. At university (or college, for our american viewers). And didn't eliminate free time or stress relief as possible factors. Also, it was done in the USA, which doesn't have the most homogenous distribution of literacy (or even a consistent measure for literacy).

I'm not saying it's bad science, I'm just saying there's another article about junk science on slashdot ... today ... and they're linked by correlation (but not causation). Also? Topical XKCD comic.

1 year,29 days

Winners and Losers In the World of Interfaces: 2013 In Review

DavidClarkeHR bb10? (116 comments)

Having used a Z10, the blackberry UI was definitely uninspired, but the gesture controls? Genius.

Unlike the iOS gestures, the BB10 gestures actually increase my workflow.

Still not as customizable as android...

about a year ago

What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

DavidClarkeHR Re:People forget (804 comments)

This is a business level product.

While you can build one cheaper using DYI parts, however the time spent in wages, for souring the hardware, software and doing the software can add up very quickly


Then there is also support and maintenance - will having a custom built machine cost more in the long run?

The more you spent on the machine - the bigger the margin for the DYI version - however at the end of the day - is the cost worth it for business?

That would hold true for a business level product.

... so if apple had a separate company manufacturing their parts, that argument might hold true.

about a year ago

What Sci-Fi Movies Teach Us About Project Management Skills

DavidClarkeHR Re:What Sci-fi movies? (186 comments)

I mean you have Star Wars, Star Trek, Senerity, Farscape (I guess), Dune (maybe). A few movies from the 60's/70's (silent running, 2001, whatever).

What other sci-fi movies are there? It's all shit.

Alien. Aliens.

It's a stunning reminder of the value of human life ... when there's science involved (look at me still talking ...)

about a year ago

What Sci-Fi Movies Teach Us About Project Management Skills

DavidClarkeHR Re:SF and project management (186 comments)

"We shall redouble our efforts"

The commander of Death Star 2 when Vader told him the Emperor was coming to inspect the project.

I think spaceballs taught us everything we need to know about bad management.
"The Secret Combination Is . . . 1, 2, 3, 4, 5".

about a year ago

Cyanogen Mod Raises $23 Million Funding All Set To Become Major Android Player

DavidClarkeHR Re:Cyanogenmod, (133 comments)

CyanogenMod, now with advertising.

Not every giant, successful tech company that displaces competition will immediately start advertising.

Take ... uh ...

about a year ago

Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

DavidClarkeHR Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (366 comments)

How does fining someone many times their net worth accomplish anything?

Someone could fine me $5 million or $50 million dollars. It doesn't change the fact that I can't ever hope to pay it.

Are these numbers just meant to scare people, or do they *actually try* to collect many times a person's net worth from them?

They do try to collect, because the numbers are adequately large to make it worth their while. Numbers are numbers, they don't lie.

It's those damn statisticians that lie ...

about a year ago

Owncloud 6 Brings Collaborative Open Document Format Editing to the Web

DavidClarkeHR Re:Dropbox drop-in replacement? (73 comments)

Wake me up, when it supports the dropbox API, so I can add some hosts entries and be done with that crap.

Or when it is significantly different than google apps ...

about a year ago

Under the Hood of SteamOS

DavidClarkeHR Re:First Post (201 comments)

Maybe 2nd ?

Looks more like a stump than a post.

Maybe it's just me, but aren't posts supposed to be ... bigger? taller?

about a year ago

Indiana State Police Acknowledge Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device

DavidClarkeHR Re:Excellent! (155 comments)

I have nothing to hide, and if this helps catch bad guys, it's still a tremendous invasion of privacy and morally wrong under just about any definition of "moral" you want to use (aside from the "moral = whatever the hell I say it is" definition that seems to be increasingly more prevalent).

If I spend my spare time doing the most boring, non-threatening things imaginable, that is nobody's business but my own. If I spend my spare time doing unusual or asinine things, that's still nobody's business but my own. If I spend my spare time hurting other people and committing crimes that result in damage... then hey, maybe it's time to look into what I'm doing, not before.

Moxie Marlinspike had a great article/journal entry/essay on this topic. I'm not saying he's the next hemmingway, but I'd rather let him explain why we should all have something to hide.

TL;DR - Lots of good things were illegal, once. Big things, like equality (smaller things, too).

about a year ago

Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value

DavidClarkeHR Re:I was wondering (204 comments)

when this would happen. You just had to know that someone would go after them for this. I wonder how it will hold up in court. The bigger question I have is what else will be found during discovery

Well, they'll settle out of court if discovery is an option, and ... IBM isn't just someone. They're looking for ways to mitigate their (other) problems.

No, this is distinctly different than, say ... Facebook going after them. Or Microsoft. Or Apple. Or Samsung.When a company that is already 'losing ground' looks to blame others for their problems, that's a different scenario than a company that isn't threatened pursuing the same lawsuit. The outcome may be the same, which may be all that matters (to some, in theory), but the reasons are completely different. You wouldn't say that a police officer breaking a window to enter a home is the same as a criminal breaking a window to enter your home ... one is looking to profit, the other is looking to protect (again, in theory).

about a year ago

Cybercrime Marketplace Mastermind Faces 18 Years In Prison

DavidClarkeHR Re:Considering the damages (59 comments)

Frankly, considering the economic damage he did, the thousands (if not millions) of people he screwed over and caused pain and suffering to, the time wasted to clean up his mess...

18 years is quite small, I'd have no problem with executing him. If people who commit crimes behind computer keyboards were actually punished more often, we might have less of it. As it is, the fraud and abuse online are really more like the wild west than the 21st century.

Economic damage is not a good way to assess penalties. Compare and contrast with Aaron Swartz, Jamie Thomas-Rasset, Kevin Mitnick ...

No, this guy needs to go away because he was breaking the law - not because of how much he broke it.

about a year ago

Engineering the Perfect Coffee Mug

DavidClarkeHR Not ... exactly. (145 comments)

This is just the same approach as Coffee Joulies, which is a former Kickstarter project. I have a bunch of these, they work well. No need for a custom mug.

Well, it's not quite the same as coffee joulies, for a number of reasons.

First, it's integrated/built in.
Second, well ... you won't lose the integrated joulies.
Third... uh ... different name.

Seriously though, this is just an improvement on the thermos. A fancy improvement, and it might even be more effective ... but it's not breaking new ground.

about a year ago


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